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ISSUES I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT

"It would be easy to look away and disengage from our political system given what we see every day from those who are supposed to represent us.   That's not going to make it any better.  That won't deliver what we need.  We need people, ordinary people, to look up and stand up - and make a difference" 

Licia

Local Wentworth Issues
  • If I'm elected as the Member for Wentworth, I will acknowledge that climate change is real and fight for the community and our nation to ensure Australia stays committed to the Paris Agreement, that we reduce our emissions and plan for a future that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and increases our use of renewables

  • The re-development of Moore Park stadium that will use public funds to drive private profits must be stopped while the desperate need across Wentworth for spending on social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, TAFE and public transport is prioritised

  • We must stop the private development earmarked for South Head National Park

  • Public primary and high school capacity issues and maintenance backlogs must be addressed and rectified

  • The over-development of our community without the equivalent social infrastructure needs to be halted while the extent to which developers fund our major parties is investigated

Where Licia talks about the CLOSEast campaign:

 
Parliamentary reform
  • Fixed 4 year terms for Federal elections

  • Implement strict controls on Political Donations, Professional Lobbying and Parliamentary Entitlements

  • Introduce a Parliamentary Standards charter to align our Parliamentarians with voter expectations

  • Place strict controls on former politicians and public servants being employed in lobbying roles

  • Increase the use of technology across Wentworth to increase constituent participation

Where Licia talks about this:

 
 
Federal ICAC
Federal ICAC
  • Currently, no federal agency has the investigative powers or jurisdiction to expose corrupt conduct in the federal government and public sector

  • No agency can investigate misconduct of MPs, ministers or the judiciary

  • Strong investigative powers, broad jurisdiction and the power to hold public hearings are all critical to ensure corruption / misconduct is exposed

  • Polling suggests the Australian public are increasingly supportive of a Federal ICAC

Federal I.C.A.C.
  • Needs to be urgently established to investigate and expose potential corruption and misconduct in the federal government and public service and help return trust to Australian politics

  • Currently, no federal agency has the investigative powers or jurisdiction to expose corrupt conduct in the federal government and public sector. No agency can investigate misconduct of MPs, ministers or the judiciary

  • It must have strong investigative powers, broad jurisdiction and the power to hold public hearings. These are all critical to ensure corruption / misconduct is exposed

  • Polling suggests the Australian public are increasingly supportive of a Federal ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption)

Federal ICAC

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Media ownership Inquiry and reform
  • Strengthen and protect the independence of the Australian Press Council

  • Stronger oversight of hate speech and truth in journalism (social and traditional media)

  • Ensure protections for journalist sources

  • Ensure funding and government protections for the ABC

  • Apply public interest test to media mergers with the aim of ensuring ownership diversity

  • Promote the need for media literacy (inc social media) and critical thinking courses in classrooms

 
CLIMATE CHANGE and the ENVIRONMENT
  • The representative for Wentworth must acknowledge that climate change is real and fight for the community to ensure Australia stays committed to the Paris Agreement, that our country reduces carbon emissions and plans for a future that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and increases our use of renewables.

  • Some of Australia's most precious resources are our agricultural lands, bio-diverse ecosystems and fresh water stores and we must protect these and ensure they flourish.

  • Australia is envied by other crowded nations for our extensive open space and expansive interior. This land gives Australia an advantage to create and promote vast renewable energy projects for the benefit of all electorates nationally.

AND FINALLY...
  • It is vital that the electorate know that I also have progressive views on schools funding, asylum seekers, tax reform and more. However, unless we concede that the current political process is compromised and make the necessary efforts to fix it, the ability to establish meaningful legislation on issues such as the environment or schools funding is severely compromised.

  • Only by addressing Parliamentary and Media Reform and establishing a Federal ICAC can we reduce vested interests in our political process. In turn, this re-establishes trust and re-engages the public, ultimately improving the democratic process in Australia.

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